Preparing for DIMICATORES AUSTRI PARTES 2018 – V EDIZIONE

Team America montage scene sub-titled "From just a beginner to a pro."

At the end of the month I’ll be taking part in some workshops and competitions as part of the Dimicatores Austry Partes V. I’m a little nervous as I’m very aware of how good the competition is in Rosa e Spada. Anyone who has read any of my blogs will know full well how much I admire the students and …

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Vorschlag against a “double-widower”

A combatant pushing an opponents hand aside and pommel striking them.

Recently, I was sparring against someone I had never fought before. At first, the fight went fairly well. I was landing a good number of hits both at good measure and, when things got heated and it came down to Zogho/Giocco Stretto, I was able to make some clean pommel strikes. My opponent was an interesting guy. He laughed like …

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True Time (or time of the hand) vs. time of the foot

A depiction of two people duelling with sword and dagger.

Firstly, what is “true time”? As I understand it, the first person to talk about “True Time” was George Silver in his 1599 work The Paradoxes of Defence. He divides timing into the following categories described as “true” or “correct” timings: The time of the hand.The time of the hand and body.The time of the hand body and foot.The time …

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Two’s a Party. Three’s a crowd.

Viking Teams

This is something I initially put together for a friend of mine in the Company of the Rose and the Sword, but I thought I’d share it here. The following are a list of training exercises and games you can play as a unit to strengthen cohesion and tactical thinking. Circle of Honour/Dishonour There are two variations on this. Circle …

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